The tragic news of Kevin Duckworth's passing came to me originally from fellow Trail Blazer fan, Henry Abbott's Truehoop blog. Duckworth formed part of the greatest Blazers team in recent memory and was part of that same squad that made me a fan of the Blazers in the first place.
Whilst most of the accolades on that team went to Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter, it is easy to forget that big KD was a two-time all-star in a period that was absolutely stacked with quality centres. In fact, without Duck's 7'0" frame inside, the Blazers would have struggled to defend the like of David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Brad Dougherty and Rony Seikaly that ran rampant during that great period of top-flight centres. Consequently, he was one of the keys to the Blazers twice making it to the Finals.
There has been a great showing of grief in the NBA world on his death. Here are a selection of tributes to big Kevin Duckworth.
Rest in peace big fella.